BIRDS OF STEEL
PS3 (also on Xbox 360)
a war that will rage eternally within the hearts and minds of so
many... the fight for buns of steel. Whassat? Heh, oops...
So, no exercise, and we’re not talking Dr Evil’s latest plotty-plot
involving metallic airborne creatures. It’s a plane thing, and we
got the war bit right at least – WWII.
From the IL-2 Sturmovik people, Birds of Steel
delivers flight simulation to consoles, with quite a Gran Turismo
aesthetic. We’re not talking letting the Stig loose in all manner of
warbirds, however all manner of warbirds are unlockable. Seriously,
when there are five Aussie-built planes you just know that it’s
The word ‘simulation’ usually means ‘tricky’, unless there’s a ‘t’
in it, when a frenzied rub will pretty much get you by. The beauty
here is a simplified, arcade-ish mode – well, a relatively
simplified one, as there are still more buttons to memorise than a
haberdasher’s stocktake - allowing mortal types to get flytastic.
Training’s worth perseverance – taking off, shooting runs, landing
on land and on sea (shouldn’t that be ‘seaing’?), and giving a good
grounding in getting about before going all real deal. If you’re
more experienced then you can wrestle with more advanced control
modes. Have fun.
There’s not a hell of a lot of coherent story mode, so anybody
expecting The Compleat WWII from point A to point Z might be pouty.
There are, however, oodles of missions covering most every scrap of
that outbreak of worldwide hostilities, including the UK, USA,
Germany, the USSR and Japan (with more Zeroes than Adele's royalty
cheques), and more oodles of ways to tackle them, from single
missions to squadron participation, plus online versus, tournament
Meanwhile, authenticity bulges from every orifice, including
original footage and spiffy period music.
Sorry buns, we’ve got birds to work. Tally-ho!